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Visual & Sensory Defects

May 30, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

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Visual & Sensory Defects

Learn to grade coffee in this class focused on identifying flaws in the green beans. This class will cover both physical defects in green coffee and primary sensory defects. (Yep, we’ll be tasting them!)

Green coffee defect identification includes familiarity with beans damaged by insects, frosts, mold, processing errors, and myriad other factors. You’ll get the chance to sort with our professional team and understand not just the how, but also the why of what it takes to produce, prevent, and identify bad green coffee.

We’ll also be working to identify sensory defects, including taste flaws that result from molds, phenols, fermentation errors, and more. Sensitivity to defective coffee can be trained, and we’ll work to make sure you’re able to pick up on the sensory markers that indicate problematic coffee.

About the Instructors

Candice Madison, Director of Roasting, Royal Coffee, Inc.: 

Candice Madison has worked in specialty coffee for nearly 10 years. An accomplished barista, roaster and trainer, she is a Q Arabica Instructor and SCA AST. Candice teaches at The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room, as well as at Global Expo and Roasters’ Guild Retreat events. She is currently the Director of Roasting at The Crown where she is working to build and implement a comprehensive multi-level roasting course offering. She is a member of the SCA Equity Diversity and Inclusion Task Force and her vocation is the unceasing quest for quality of coffee, and sustainable improvement of the lives of those who produce it, at every stage of the supply chain through education and purposeful engagement.

Chris Kornman, Education & Lab Manager, The Crown

Chris Kornman is a seasoned coffee quality specialist, avid writer and researcher, and the Lab & Education Manager at The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room. Formerly a QC manager, cupper, educator, green coffee buyer, and roaster at Intelligentsia under the guidance of Geoff Watts, Chris logged thousands of miles across the coffee lands in East Africa and Brazil. His passion for coffee and education has led him to speaking opportunities at Anacafé in Guatemala City, Roasters Guild Sensory Summit at UC Davis, as part of the Academic Agenda for the Café de Colombia Expo in Bogotá, and in front of humming roasters and slurping coffee tasters worldwide.


Visiting the Crown

We cannot wait to host you in our Tasting Room, at the Cupping Table or for a Coffee Course.

One of the special things about The Crown is that we are located in the heart of Uptown Oakland – a veritable paradise for coffee lovers & foodies alike. However, parking is limited in the area, and we highly encourage public transportation or ride sharing. Below are some resources to help you plan your visit.

For more information on visiting The Crown, please click here.


May 30, 2019
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room
2523 Broadway
Oakland, CA 946121 United States
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